Newsflash: Friday, 13 May 2022

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AFM Newsflash: Friday, 13 May 2022

RESOURCES

AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/  

2022 NOB Empowerment: Programme
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2022/

AFM Seminary Application Form: 2nd Semester 2022
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Dear Colleague,

1.         AFM OF SA: 114TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY
            (Wednesday, 25 May 2022)

Our History

The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) is a classical Pentecostal church that first began with ministry in a rental hall in the Johannesburg suburb of Doornfontein on 25 May 1908.  After his arrival in Pretoria, inspired by the April 1906 Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, John G. Lake felt that the Holy Spirit led him to Johannesburg. A certain Mrs Goodenough met them and invited them to stay in her house. She testified that the Holy Spirit had sent her to the train station to meet the missionaries.

Several factors helped to create a favourable climate for the Pentecostal movement to spread throughout South Africa from 1908. There were revivals in the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in South Africa in 1860, 1874 and 1884. These were characterised by a deep conviction of sin, followed by conversion, fervent prayer and some “ecstatic” spiritual experiences. Many of the believers who experienced the revivals eventually found a spiritual home in the Pentecostal movement. The AFM was also involved in assisting and uplifting poor people.

Although the AFM grew from South Africa to five continents, its initial interracial character was short-lived. From 1944 to 1992 the church was racially divided into so-called sections of whites, blacks, coloureds and Indians. The blacks, coloureds and Indians took the lead to unite and then in 1996, the AFM of SA finally abandoned its racial divisions and became one united, non-racial church. The unification helped the church to move into the ecumenical world.

The beliefs of the AFM of SA are captured in our Confession of Faith which is based on the ancient Apostolic Creed. Within this framework, a variety of ministry identities and philosophies are embraced. There is freedom and flexibility as far as the liturgical practices in local AFM churches are concerned.

Happy 114th Birthday AFM!

We celebrate our 114th birthday this year, with deep thankfulness, humility and acknowledgement of our total dependence on God. We believe that the AFM has a bright future and a transformational role to play in South African society and abroad.

2.         AFM LOGO DAY!
            (Wednesday, 25 May 2022)

On Wednesday, 25 May 2022 the church will be celebrating its 114th birthday anniversary. We are calling on all AFM Assemblies, Pastors and Members to join in on the celebration by wearing, showing, posting and sharing the AFM logo on all offline and online platforms. Whether it is the AFM logo appearing on social media, a pen, notebook, golf shirt, cap, flag, umbrella or pin – show it off on this special day in our beloved church.

   

Past. Selby Khumalo, our General Secretary will share more about the AFM Logo Day in a video message that will be published on all AFM social media platforms on Wednesday, 18 May 2022.

Blessings!
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 13 Mei 2022

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AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 13 Mei 2022

HULPBRONNE

AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/  

2022 NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke: Program
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2022/

AFM Seminary Application Form: 2de Semester 2022
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

 

1.         AGS VAN SA: 114DE VERJAARSDAG HERDENKING 
            (Woensdag, 25 Mei 2022)

Ons Geskiedenis

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending (AGS) is ‘n klassieke Pinksterkerk wat op 25 Mei 1908 vir die eerste keer met bediening in ‘n huursaal in die Johannesburgse voorstad, Doornfontein begin het. Na sy aankoms in Pretoria, geïnspireer deur die Azusa Street herlewing in Los Angeles in April 1906, het John G. Lake gevoel dat die Heilige Gees hom na Johannesburg gelei het. ‘n Sekere Mev. Goodenough het hulle ontmoet en genooi om in haar huis te bly. Sy het getuig dat die Heilige Gees haar na die treinstasie gestuur het om die sendelinge te ontmoet.

Verskeie faktore het gehelp om ‘n gunstige klimaat te skep vir die Pinksterbeweging wat vanaf 1908 deur Suid-Afrika versprei het. Daar was herlewings in die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) in Suid-Afrika in 1860, 1874 en 1884. Dit is gekenmerk deur ‘n diepe oortuiging van sonde, gevolg deur bekering, vurige gebed en “ekstatiese” geestelike ervarings. Baie van die gelowiges wat die herlewing ervaar het, het uiteindelik ‘n geestelike tuiste in die Pinksterbeweging gevind. Die AGS was ook betrokke by die bystand en opheffing van arm mense.

Alhoewel die AGS van Suid-Afrika na vyf kontinente gegroei het, was sy aanvanklike veelrassige karakter van korte duur. Van 1944 tot 1992 was die kerk verdeeld in sogenaamde Wit-, Swart-, Bruin- en Indiërkerke. Die voormalige Swart-, Bruin- en Indiërkerke het die voortou geneem om te verenig en toe in 1996 het die AGS van SA sy rasseverdelings laat vaar en een verenigde, nie-rassige kerk geword. Die eenwording het die kerk gehelp om die ekumeniese wêreld te betree.

Die geloofsoortuigings van die AGS van SA word omvat in ons Geloofsbelydenis, wat gebaseer is op die antieke Apostoliese Geloofsbelydenis. Binne hierdie raamwerk word ‘n verskeidenheid bedieningsidentiteite en filosofieë omhels. Daar is vryheid en buigsaamheid wat die liturgiese praktyke in plaaslike AGS-kerke betref.

Gelukkige 114de verjaardag AGS!

Ons vier vanjaar ons 114de verjaardag met ‘n diepe dankbaarheid, nederigheid en erkenning van ons totale afhanklikheid van God. Ons glo dat die AGS ‘n blink toekoms en ‘n transformerende rol het om in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing en in die buiteland te speel.

2.         AGS EMBLEEM DAG!
            (Woensdag, 25 Mei 2022)

Op Woensdag, 25 Mei 2022 vier die kerk haar 114de verjaardag. Ons doen ‘n beroep op alle AGS Gemeentes, Pastore en Lidmate om deel te neem aan die vieringe deur die AGS-embleem op alle platforms sigbaar te maak. Dra, wys en deel die AGS-embleem op hierdie spesiale dag in ons kerk. Maak gebruik van sosiale media of enige iets anders waarop die AGS-embleem verskyn, bv. ‘n pen, ‘n notaboek, ‘n gholfhemp, ‘n pet, ‘n vlag, ‘n sambreel of ‘n AGS borsspeld.

Past. Selby Khumalo, ons Hoofsekretaris sal meer oor die AGS-Embleem Dag deel in ‘n videoboodskap wat op Woensdag, 18 Mei 2022 op alle AGS sosiale media platforms gepubliseer sal word.

Seëninge!
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 29 April 2022

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AFM Newsflash: Friday, 29 April 2022

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/  

2. 2022 NOB Empowerment: Programme
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

3. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2022 (New!)
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2022/

4. AFM Seminary Application Form: 2nd Semester 2022
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Dear Colleague,

1. KZN DISASTER: UPDATE ON AFM OF SA RELIEF EFFORTS

This is indeed one of the worst natural disasters to hit South Africa in the last few years. The National Office Bearers (NOB) visited the KZN Province on 20-21 April 2022. We met with the Regional Office Bearers and ascertained ourselves of the situation on the ground. We prayed with our leaders and encouraged them to assist where possible.

Many of the local Assemblies and Regions are doing what they can to reach out to church- and community members daily. The biggest needs are drinking water, (there is not even water at the Durban Airport), food and blankets.

Thank you very much to those Regions and Assemblies, as well as individuals across the country who paid money into the AFM’s KZN Flood Relief Fund – we have received an amount of R50,000.00 (excluding the direct contributions made by AFM Regions and Assemblies). Thank you also to those who have sent water, food and blankets. Where possible, we are assisting real relief efforts to buy water and food.

We believe it is important to show accountability with all relief contributions received. We share these images as part of our accountability (which is also a value of our church).

The most affected areas are in the Ethekwini District of Durban, and include Ntuzuma, Toti, Wentworth, Scottburgh, KwaMashu and Marrianhill. In these areas alone an estimated number of 4,780 households are affected. In the Ugu District at KwaMasinenge, places like Margate, KwaXolo, Ezingolweni, Umndoni and Mtwalume over 4,000 households are affected. In the Ilembe District affected areas include Mandini, Umdloti, Ballito and KwaDukuza/Stanger. In the Tongaat area it is estimated that the full restoration of water supply might take up to six months.

Other areas affected include uMkambathini, Hopewell, Gezibuso and Plessislaer, as well as Nongoma in the Zululand District. Jozini, Umkhuze, Enkanini and Meerensee were also affected, with reports of damage from Ladysmith, Bergville, uMsinga, Danhauser, Estcourt, Greytown, and Tugela Ferry as well.

Please continue to pray for these communities and if possible, assist us to assist our brothers and sisters. If you would like to contribute to the AFM of SA Relief Fund, please use one of the following methods:

For online Donations:
https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/apostolicfaithmissionsa

For EFT Donations:
Bank Name: ABSA
Account Name: Apostolic Faith Mission of SA
Account #: 1017230766
Account Type: Cheque
Branch Code: 632005
Reference: KZN Floods

2. THEOLOGICAL TRAINING: REGISTRATIONS FOR 2ND SEMESTER 2022

Kindly note that the closing date for 2nd Semester applications is extended to the 30th of May 2022. A candidate who wants to enrol for a BTh-degree should preferably apply through the AFM Seminary by:

  • Downloading and completing the AFM Seminary Application Form from https://afm-ags.org/category/media/. Candidates should complete the AFM Seminary Application Form together with their Assembly Governing Body, as well as the Region before applying to the North-West University (NWU).

Candidates who choose to directly apply to NWU should use the NWU Online Application Form (http://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/how-apply-online). Candidates should inform the AFM Seminary by sending an e-mail notification to Ms Sophia Masipa: [email protected], together with their completed copies of pages 9-10 of the AFM Seminary Application Form, a copy of their ID and matric certificate. The AFM Seminary will then be able to open a file for every AFM NWU-registered student.

For BTh and BTh-Honours degrees, kindly ensure that the Fees Undertaking Form is also completed – available from https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

3. UPCOMING AFM CONFERENCES

National Men’s Fellowship Conference
To register please contact your Regional Men’s Fellowship Chairperson.
 National Youth Conference
To register please use the Online Form below:
https://forms.gle/XguCfvqDpckvSgGd6

National Sisters Fellowship Conference

Blessings!
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 29 April 2022

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AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 29 April 2022

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. 2022 NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke: Program
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

3. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2022 (Nuut!)
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2022/

4. AFM Seminary Application Form: 2de Semester 2022
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

AGS Kollega,

1. KZN VLOEDE: HOE DIE AGS VAN SA HULP VERLEEN

Dit is een van die ergste natuurrampe wat Suid-Afrika die afgelope paar jaar getref het. Die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) het op 20-21 April 2022 die KwaZulu-Natal Provinsie besoek. Ons het met die ampsdraers van die streke vergader om onsself te vergewis van die situasie en die realiteit op die grond. Ons het saam met ons leiers gebid en hulle aangemoedig om te help waar dit moontlik is.

Ons plaaslike AGS Gemeentes en Streke doen wat hulle kan om daagliks uit te reik na lidmate en lede van die gemeenskap. Die grootste behoeftes is drinkwater, (daar is nie eers water by die Durbanse lughawe nie), kos en komberse.

Baie dankie aan daardie Streke en Gemeentes, asook individue regoor die land wat geld in die AGS se KZN Vloedhulpfonds inbetaal het – ons het ‘n bedrag van R50,000.00 ontvang (wat ander direkte bydraes van AGS Streke en Gemeentes uitlsuit). Dankie ook aan die wat water, kos en komberse gestuur het. Waar moontlik probeer ons hulp verleen aan werklike pogings wat verligting bring deur water en kos te koop.

Ons glo dit is belangrik om aanspreeklikheid te toon met alle hulpverleningbydraes wat ontvang word. Ons deel hierdie fotos as deel van ons aanspreeklikheid (wat ook ‘n waarde van ons kerk is).

Die gebiede wat die meeste geraak word is in die Ethekwini-distrik van Durban en sluit Ntuzuma, Toti, Wentworth, Scottburgh, KwaMashu en Marrianhill in. In hierdie gebiede alleen word ‘n geraamde getal van 4,780 huishoudings geraak. In die Ugu-distrik by KwaMasinenge word plekke soos Margate, KwaXolo, Ezingolweni, Umndoni en Mtwalume geraak (wat meer as 4,000 huishoudings insluit). In die Ilembe-distrik word Mandini, Umdloti, Ballito en KwaDukuza/Stanger ingesluit. In die Tongaat-gebied word beraam dat die volle herstel van watertoevoer tot ses maande kan neem.

Ander gebiede wat ook geraak word sluit in uMkambathini, Hopewell, Gezibuso en Plessislaer, asook Nongoma in die Zoeloeland-distrik. Jozini, Umkhuze, Enkanini en Meerensee is ook geraak, met berigte van skade by Ladysmith, Bergville, uMsinga, Danhauser, Estcourt, Greytown en Tugela Ferry.

Hou asseblief aan om vir hierdie gemeenskappe te bid en, indien moontlik, help ons om ons broers en susters by te staan. Indien jy ‘n bydra tot die AGS van SA se Hulpfonds wil maak, gebruik asseblief een van die volgende metodes:

Vir aanlyn skenkings:
https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/apostolicfaithmissionsa

Vir EFT-skenkings:
Bank Naam: ABSA
Rekeningnaam: Apostoliese Geloofsending van SA
Rekeningnommer: 1017230766
Rekeningtipe: Tjek
Takkode: 632005
Verwysing: KZN Vloede

2. TEOLOGIESE OPLEIDING: REGISTRASIES (2de SEMESTER 2022)

Neem asseblief kennis dat die sluitingsdatum vir 2de semester aansoeke verleng word tot en met die 30ste Mei 2022. ‘n Kandidaat wat vir ‘n BTh-graad wil inskryf, moet verkieslik deur die AGS Seminarium aansoek doen deur:

  • Die AGS Seminarium Aansoekvorm aanlyn af te laai en te voltooi: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/. Voor kandidate by die Noordwes-Universiteit (NWU) aansoek doen, moet hul hierdie aansoekvorm voltooi saam met die betrokke gemeente se beheerliggaam asook die streekskomitee.

Kandidate wat kies om direk by NWU aansoek te doen, moet die NWU Aanlyn Aansoekvorm gebruik: http://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/how-apply-online. Kandidate moet die AGS Seminarium egter in kennis stel deur ‘n e-pos te stuur aan Sophia Masipa by: [email protected], tesame met ‘n voltooide afskrif van bladsye 9-10 van die AGS Seminarium Aansoekvorm, ‘n afskrif van hul ID en matrieksertifikaat. Die AGS Seminarium sal dan ‘n lêer open vir elke AGS NWU-geregistreerde student.

Vir BTh- en BTh Honeurs-grade, maak asseblief seker dat die Fooie Ondernemingsvorm ook voltooi is. Hierdie vorm is beskikbaar vanaf die volgende skakel: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

 3. KOMENDE AGS KONFERENSIES

National Men’s Fellowship Conference:
Om te registreer, kontak gerus jou NMF-streeksvoorsitter.

National Youth Conference:
Om te registreer, gebruik asseblief die aanlynvorm:
https://forms.gle/XguCfvqDpckvSgGd6

National Sisters Fellowship Conference:

Seëninge!
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Thursday, 14 April 2022

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AFM Newsflash: Thursday, 14 April 2022

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/  

2. 2022 NOB Empowerment: Programme
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

3. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2022 (New!)
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2022/

1. GOOD FRIDAY & RESURRECTION SUNDAY

As a child, I always wondered why the Friday of Passover was called “Good” Friday. For me, the images of the betrayal, suffering and painful death of Jesus were anything but “good.” Only later I realised that without the sacrifice on the cross, there would not have been a crown and no victory over sin and death. Hebrews 12:2 encourages us to “…fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The vision Jesus had was the joy of redeeming and saving the lost. He gave His life as a ransom for many, and that made that particular Friday GOOD.

As followers of Jesus, we must celebrate Good Friday and again confirm our personal acceptance of the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We should however not linger too long at the empty cross and the empty grave but move with Jesus to the resurrection life made possible by Him. His victory over death and the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to live with resurrection power – even in challenging times.

Allow me to share a Good Friday message with you. Further, we will also post a special Resurrection Sunday video message on all AFM of SA social media platforms on Sunday, 17 April 2022.

https://youtu.be/glhwpnGg74k

2. COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT HEALTH REGULATIONS

The deadline for comments on the Draft Health Regulations is Friday, 15 April 2022. The Draft Health Regulations most applicable to the church are 16 J (4) and (5):

16J 4: “Indoor and outdoor gatherings may be restricted in accordance with the scientific evidence of the risk of transmission. During the Covid-19 pandemic the indoor and outdoor gatherings will be up to 50% of the venue capacity may be occupied on the proviso that:
(a) Production (of) a valid vaccine certificate,
(b) They practice social distancing of at least 1m; and
(c) Compulsory mask wearing for indoor gatherings.”

16J 5: “Notwithstanding the provisions above, the attendance of gatherings without proof of vaccination shall be limited to 1,000 indoors and 2,000 outdoors, but the conditions on paragraphs (b) and (c) above will be applicable.” (sic)

The National Office Bearers (NOB) studied the document and made a submission to the Department of Health. In summary, our position is as follows:

A. The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa is concerned that the Draft Health Regulations may impose a duty on the church to exclude our members based on their vaccination status. The AFM strongly supports the principle of freedom of choice. We are of the opinion that it would be a serious violation of the right to religious freedom as guaranteed by Sections 15 and 31 of the South-African Constitution, for the Draft Health Regulations to require proof of vaccination to attend gatherings of over 1,000 people indoors or 2,000 outdoors.

We propose that Regulation 16 be amended to do away with the requirement of proof of vaccination and that the religious sector be allowed to regulate its own gatherings according to existing hygiene measures, such as sanitising and social distancing.

B. The Draft Health Regulations do not include a defined criteria or process for a disease to be declared an endemic or a pandemic. Furthermore, the Draft Health Regulations impose the same degree of limitation on human rights, irrespective of the severity of the disease. No differentiation is made between a category 1, 2, 3 or 4 Notifiable Medical Condition (NMC) as per Annexure A, Tables 1, 2, 3. The limitations can seemingly remain in force indefinitely.

We propose that the Draft Health Regulations be amended to clearly define the criteria and the process for the declaration of an NMC to be a pandemic or an endemic, as well as the criteria and process to end any imposed limitations. We propose that limitations on gatherings should only be considered for category 1 NMCs, with a scientifically proven high risk of transmission.

3. A WORD OF THANKS & APPRECIATION

Brother Desmond Alie, our General Manager at the National Office for the last nearly 8 years retired at the end of February 2022. I hereby personally thank and appreciate him on this platform as well, for his loyalty, assistance and positive input over the years. He also played an important role in the unity processes of the church. I trust that the new season of his life will bring much fruit and satisfaction.


In managing the impact of the pandemic, the National Office Bearers (NOB) resolved to not fill the position immediately. The NOB and designated staff members will provisionally take care of the responsibilities.

4. 2022 NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS

The National Office Bearers (NOB) are looking forward to once again being able to meet in person with our Pastors, Governing Body Members, Departments, Assembly Representatives and Youth, during the Regional NOB Empowerment for 2022. This year we will be sharing on the theme of Stewardship to which we are all called as believers and servants of God. Stewardship is also an important part of our Missional Strategy under the focus area of Governance.

 
God willing, we will be at the following venues on the following dates:
20-21 May: Northern Cape (AFM Rehobot, Upington) & Eastern Cape (Gees en Lewe, East London).Highlights of the North West & Gauteng NOB Empowerment Workshops:

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Donderdag, 14 April 2022

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AGS Nuusflits: Donderdag, 14 April 2022

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. 2022 NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke: Program
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

3. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2022 (Nuut!)
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2022/

AGS Kollega,

1. GOEIE VRYDAG & OPSTANDING SONDAG

As kind het ek altyd gewonder hoekom die Vrydag van Paasnaweek “Goeie Vrydag” genoem is. Vir my was die beelde van verraad, lyding en die pynlike dood van Jesus alles behalwe “goed”. Eers later het ek besef dat sonder hierdie offer aan die kruis daar nie ‘n kroon en oorwinning oor die sonde en dood sou gewees het nie.

Hebreërs 12:2 (NLV) moedig ons aan: “…ons oë vasgenael op Jesus, die Voorganger en Voleinder van ons geloofswedloop. Hy het ter wille van die blydskap wat daar voor vir Hom gewag het, die kruis verduur. Ja, Hy het Hom selfs deur die skande van die kruisdood nie laat afskrik nie. En nou sit Hy op die ereplek langs God op die troon!” Die einddoel wat Jesus gehad het was die vreugde om siele te verlos en te red. Hy het Sy lewe gegee as die losprys vir baie – en dít het daardie spesifieke Vrydag GOED gemaak.

As volgelinge van Jesus moet ons Goeie Vrydag vier en weer op ‘n persoonlike vlak Jesus se verlossende offer aan die kruis vir ons aanvaar. Moet egter nie te lank staan by die leë kruis en die leë graf nie, maar beweeg saam met Jesus na ‘n opstandingslewe wat Hy moontlik maak. Sy oorwinning oor die dood en die krag van die Heilige Gees stel ons in staat om met opstandingskrag te leef – selfs in die uitdagende tye waarin ons onsself bevind.

Laat my toe om ‘n Goeie Vrydag-boodskap met jou te deel. Verder sal ons ook Sondag, 17 April 2022 ‘n spesiale Opstanding Sondag-videoboodskap op alle AGS sosiale media-platforms deel.

https://youtu.be/glhwpnGg74k

2. KONSEP GESONDHEIDSREGULASIES: KOMMENTAAR

Die sperdatum vir kommentaar op die konsep Gesondheidsregulasies is Vrydag, 15 April 2022. Die Konsep Gesondheidsregulasies wat die meeste van toepassing is op die kerk is 16 J (4) en (5):

16J 4: “Indoor and outdoor gatherings may be restricted in accordance with the scientific evidence of the risk of transmission. During the Covid-19 pandemic the indoor and outdoor gatherings will be up to 50% of the venue capacity may be occupied on the proviso that:
(a) Production (of) a valid vaccine certificate,
(b) They practice social distancing of at least 1m; and
(c) Compulsory mask wearing for indoor gatherings.”   

16J 5: “Notwithstanding the provisions above, the attendance of gatherings without proof of vaccination shall be limited to 1,000 indoors and 2,000 outdoors, but the conditions on paragraphs (b) and (c) above will be applicable.” (sic)

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) het die dokument bestudeer en ‘n voorlegging aan die Departement van Gesondheid gedoen. Opsommend, is ons posisie soos volg:

A. Die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika (AGS van SA) is bekommerd dat die konsep Gesondheidsregulasies ‘n plig op die kerk kan plaas om lidmate uit te sluit op grond van hul inentings status. Die AGS ondersteun ten sterkste die beginsel van vryheid van keuse. Ons is van mening dat dit ‘n ernstige skending van die reg op godsdiensvryheid sal wees, soos gewaarborg deur Artikels 15 en 31 van die Suid-Afrikaanse Grondwet, wanneer die Konsep Gesondheidsregulasies ‘n bewys van inenting vereis om byeenkomste van meer as 1,000 mense binnenshuis by te woon en van meer as 2,000 mense vir buitelug byeenkomste.

Ons stel voor dat Regulasie 16 gewysig word om weg te doen met die vereiste van ‘n bewys van inenting en dat godsdienstige instellings toegelaat word om hul eie byeenkomste te reguleer volgens die bestaande higiënemaatreëls – soos ontsmetting van hande en sosiale afstand.

B. Die Konsep Gesondheidsregulasies sluit nie gedefinieerde kriteria of ‘n proses in vir ‘n siekte om as ‘n endemie of ‘n pandemie verklaar te word nie. Verder lê die Konsep Gesondheidsregulasies dieselfde mate van beperking op menseregte, ongeag die erns van die siekte. Geen onderskeid word gemaak tussen ‘n kategorie 1, 2, 3 of 4 aanmeldbare mediese toestand (Notifiable Medical Condition – NMC) soos per Bylae A, Tabelle 1, 2, 3 nie. Die beperkings kan skynbaar onbepaald van krag bly.

Ons stel voor dat die Konsep Gesondheidsregulasies gewysig word om beide die kriteria en die proses vir die verklaring van ‘n aanmeldbare mediese toestand as ‘n pandemie of ‘n endemie duidelik te definieer, sowel as die kriteria en proses om enige van die opgelegde beperkings te beëindig. Ons stel voor dat beperkings op byeenkomste slegs oorweeg moet word vir kategorie 1 aanmeldbare mediese toestande, met ‘n hoë risiko van oordrag wat wetenskaplik bewys is.

3. ‘N WOORD VAN DANK EN WAARDERING

Ons Algemene Bestuurder by die AGS Nasionale Kantoor vir die laaste bykans 8 jaar, Broer Desmond Alie, het aan die einde van Februarie 2022 afgetree. Hiermee bedank en waardeer ek hom persoonlik, ook op hierdie platform – vir sy lojaliteit, bystand en positiewe insette oor die jare. Hy het ook ‘n belangrike rol gespeel in die eenheidsprosesse van die kerk. Ek vertrou dat die nuwe seisoen van sy lewe baie vrug en bevrediging sal bring.

Soos ons nog die impak van die pandemie bestuur het die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) besluit om nie die bogenoemde pos onmiddellik te vul nie. Die NOB en aangewese personeellede sal voorlopig na die verantwoordelikhede omsien.

4. 2022 NOB BEMAGTIGINGS BESOEKE

    

 As die Here wil, sal ons by die volgende plekke op die volgende oorblywende datums wees:
20-21 Mei: Noord-Kaap (AGS Rehobot, Upington) & Oos-Kaap (Gees en Lewe, Oos-Londen).

Hoogtepunte van die Noord Wes en Gauteng NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke:

Vriendelike Groete
Henri Weideman

Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– STRATEGIC MISSIONAL INTENT
– MISSIONAL GOVERNANCE
– FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
– CONCLUSION

Dear AFM Family,

It is a privilege to write this first Pastoral Newsletter in my capacity as the president of the AFM of South Africa. Thank you for your goodwill and continuous prayers for the newly elected National Office Bearers (NOB). We will work hard to make a positive contribution towards realising the redemptive purpose of the AFM church as part of the Kingdom of God. In this edition attention is given to the strategic missional intent of the NOB for the next three years, as presented to and approved by the March 2022 NLF. The letter also includes articles on governance and missionality, as well as financial stewardship.

The following must be noted regarding the updated Covid -19 regulations as published in the 23 March 2022 Government Gazette, and forwarded to all NLF members:

  • The AFM will not force our assemblies or members to be vaccinated and provide proof thereof, in order to get to 50% occupancy of building capacity. In this regard we maintain the principle of freedom of choice, as previously communicated by us in meetings with the SA Government.
  • The practical implication of this is that gatherings are “limited to 1000 persons or less for indoor venues and 2000 persons or less for outdoor venues and if the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one meter from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.”
  • “Attendance of a funeral and cremation is limited to 200 persons or less and if the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one meter from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols.”

This includes the maintaining of a one metre distance between people, the wearing of masks indoors and the regular sanitizing of hands.

STRATEGIC MISSIONAL INTENT

Dr H.J. Weideman (President of the AFM of SA)

The National Office Bearers (NOB) spent three days in January and February 2022 to deliberate, reflect and pray about the Strategic Missional Intent for the next three years. We reflected on the context we find ourselves in as a church, regarding the world, our country and the church in general. Amongst these matters, the following form an integral part of our current reality:

The State of the Nation

  • The devastation caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. To this we can add the war in Ukraine, the political tension between the West and Russia, as well as the accompanying devastation and uncertainty.
  • The deep poverty, unemployment, inequality, and low economic growth in our country.
  • Unreliable electricity supply.
  • Inefficient ports and railways – inclusive of the passenger rail network.
  • The effects of State capture and corruption.
  • The slow move from analogue to digital broadcasting and telecommunications, as well as broadband infrastructure.
  • Inadequate investment in water resource maintenance and improvement of water security.
  • The effects of climate change.
  • The state of our armed forces.
  • Rampant crime.

The State President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address, mentioned that we need a “…new consensus which embraces our shared responsibility to one another and acknowledges that we are all in this together.” He also said that “…to be effective, this social compact needs to include every South African and every part of society.” We must ask whether we regard ourselves to really be part of the South African society and if so, what we as the AFM church in our respective constituencies are doing to add to the solutions.

The State of the Church

During our strategic session, the NOB assessed the state, as well as the context in which the church(es) in South Africa, finds itself. We noted that in general, the church:
– Vacated the moral and prophetic space and voice it had.
– Compromised its ability to speak truth to power.
– Has too many leaders who experience moral failure.
– Grapples with the effects of Post-Modern times and the Pandemic.
– Is not adequately utilising the opportunities the current time frame of uncertainty and a search for purpose and hope, offers.

The challenge for us as the AFM of SA is to step into the gap and provide spiritual leadership on National, Regional and Local level.

Strategic Missional Intent 

The NOB deliberated on critical focus areas in taking the church forward successfully over the next few years. The following Strategic Missional Intent, inclusive of focus areas, goals and action steps, as well as the NOB member for whom it will be an area of responsibility, were presented to and approved by the March 2022 National Leadership Forum NLF. (For the purposes of this article, the timelines as presented to the NLF were not included.)

Administration of Justice (Pastor B. Petersen)
The focus will be on clarifying the risks and develop a concept document in reviewing the structure, policy, functionality and training of the AFM’s administration of justice.

Church Planting and Growth (Pastor B. Petersen)
The planting and registration of 300 churches over the next three years is envisioned. To achieve this the concept “church” will be (re)defined, role players engaged, a concept document developed, and timelines established. A draft church planting strategy will be presented to the NLF, followed by implementation and monitoring.

Communication (Pastor M.S. Khumalo)
This focus area is about the development of a comprehensive internal and external communication plan. A concept document will be developed, followed by engagement of role players and the presentation of a draft strategy.

Compliance of Assemblies, Regions & Departments (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
All areas of compliance will be defined and assessed, inclusive of statutory compliance and PBO and NPO status, after which an action plan will be developed.

Deepening and visible expression of Unity (Dr H.J. Weideman)
The understanding, expectations, fears, success stories and possibilities of unity will be defined and assessed by engaging role players. This will be followed by the development of a strategy on moving unity to the next level.

Departmental re-envisioning and alignment (Pastor B. Petersen)
A concept document will be developed, role players engaged, and a draft strategy aimed at strengthening the effectivity of our departments, presented to the NLF.

Ecumenical Engagement, Positioning and Prophetic Voice (Dr H.J. Weideman & Pastor B. Petersen)
In this regard the strategic intent of our ecumenical engagement, positioning and prophetic voice will be defined, and an action plan developed.

Education and Training (Dr H.J. Weideman)
A fully functional AFM training institution is envisioned. Actions will include engagement with role players and defining the strategic intent of education and training in the AFM. A concept document, inclusive of a draft action plan and financial model will be presented to the Education and Training Department and the NLF.

Leadership Development Program implemented (Dr H.J. Weideman)                                          The identification and intentional development of +/- 80 potential leaders is envisioned. To achieve this, role players will be engaged, a concept document developed, and a draft leadership development program presented to the NLF.

Minimum wage fully implemented (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
NLF decisions, factual realities and possibilities in this regard will be established and monitored, after   which a proposal will be developed.

Welfare Department Review and Sustainability (Dr H.J. Weideman)
The intent and sustainability of the Welfare will be assessed, and role players engaged, to develop and present a draft strategic plan, inclusive of a business plan and operational structure to the NLF.

Youth Retention and Campus Ministry Strategy (Pastor B. Petersen)
A draft document will be developed, role players engaged and a draft strategy on this very important focus area, presented to the NLF.

Archives and Heritage (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
A concept document on the enhancement and inclusivity of the archives and the preservation of our heritage will be developed. Role players will be engaged and a draft strategy presented to the NLF.

Chaplaincy (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
The strategic intent, functioning and possibilities of the Chaplaincy Committee will be assessed. Role players will be engaged, and a concept document presented to the NLF.

Litigation (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
The status of current civil cases will be assessed, and the necessary action taken. Role players will be engaged and a strategy on the way forward developed.

Pastoral Wellness (Pastor S Khumalo)
Existing documents regarding Pastoral wellness will be assessed and role players engaged, with the view of presenting of a draft strategy on the way forward to the NLF.

“We need the prayers, support and involvement of all AFM members, inclusive of individuals skilled in the areas mentioned above.”

The President, Deputy President and General Treasurer will each have five focus areas, over and above their normal responsibilities. The General Secretary who has a lot of administrative responsibilities, will have two additional ones at this stage. This is a tall order and although the NOB members will take responsibility as indicated, we cannot do it alone. We need the prayers, support and involvement of all AFM members, inclusive of individuals skilled in the areas mentioned above.

MISSIONAL GOVERNANCE

Dr H.J. Weideman (President of the AFM of SA)

How is Governance linked to Missionality?

In Matthew 5:16 (ESV) Jesus says: “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 1 Pet 2:12 (NLT) echoes this notion, when Peter says: “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world.”

According to these two Scriptures, there is a definite link between our behaviour as followers of Jesus and our testimony in the world. When people, even unbelievers, see how we conduct ourselves, they will recognise it as good and honourable and acknowledge God in the process. The “good works” and “honourable behaviour” that Jesus and Peter talk about, includes but is definitely not limited to our lifestyle and vocabulary. The way we conduct our business and work, whether as an employer or employee, speaks loud about who we are and what we believe.

In 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NKJV) Paul says: “Let a man (others) so consider us, -as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”

When people see how we conduct ourselves, how we speak, how we govern ourselves and the things we are given responsibility for, they should think about us as good stewards. That in itself, is being missional in practice: Our stewardship of the property, people, finances, skills and area/s of responsibility entrusted to us, is a witness to our beliefs and existence as followers of Jesus. Whether that testimony is a good or a bad witness, depends on how good our governance is.

In the business world, the effectiveness of a governance system is often measured by the achievement of the organisation’s mission or purpose. This is also true for us as the church: The core of our mission and purpose is to make people disciples of Jesus (Matt.28:19). This does not only happen from the pulpit, or in one-on-one conversations, but also in how we govern ourselves in leisure and in business.

“How we govern ourselves and our assemblies either glorifies God and draw people to Him or causes them to turn away.”

Church governance on Local, Regional and National level, must be informed by a missional understanding of being church. How we govern ourselves and our assemblies either glorifies God and draw people to Him or causes them to turn away. May we be found to be faithful stewards of everything that has been entrusted to our care.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Past. R.J. Coertzen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA)

Financial stewardship is part of the Governance focus in our AFM missional strategy. Let me start with a question: What is the culture in your congregation? What do you promote and do with purpose? What do you tolerate? What do you kill when it appears in your assembly? What lives in your heart for your assembly?

If you and I can live a generous life, and teach our people to live a generous life, you will see remarkable things happening.”

I think an especially important area where we need to take stewardship of is in the area of generosity. Many of you would react by asking: What are you talking about? I can barely get by with what I have and now you want me to be generous? Yes, that is what I am suggesting because that is what the Word of GOD tells us to do – and if you follow HIS guidance, you will reap the fruits of HIS word. If you and I can live a generous life, and teach our people to live a generous life, you will see remarkable things happening.

Just to help you, GOD’s blessing stands on two legs: Generosity and stewardship. The one cannot go without the other. You can be ‘n generous person, but if you are not a good steward, you will run out of money very soon. If you are a good steward but are tight – meaning you do not give away, GOD cannot bless you either, because you are not generous. If you can be both, a good steward and live generously, GOD will bless you, especially your financial world. Because that is GOD’s principles.

What are the Steps?

Live it.
If you want your people to be good stewards, you and me will have to live it. If you want your people to live generously, they will have to see it in your life. I can only teach the congregation what I do myself and live it for them.

Preach it.
The second thing that we need to do is preach on it. Many pastors will now say: Yes, my brother, I preach regularly on it, but my question today is: What is your motive? Why do you preach on it? Is it just to get more money for the church? And this is the reason many pastors are ineffective when preaching on it. GOD is interested in our hearts not the external things. Matt 6:21 “…where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” The best way to kill selfishness in your congregants’ hearts is to teach them that we are only stewards, not owners.

“…by modelling it I mean that you have to share truths with your congregation by using personal stories of what GOD has done in your life.”

Model it.
To create a culture of stewardship in your assembly you must model it. It must come from the top down. It must start with the Pastor, the staff, and the Governing Body before it will be embraced by the ordinary members. To model stewardship is different from living it. You have to live it to model it, but by modelling it I mean that you have to share truths with you congregation by using personal stories of what GOD has done in your life.

I pray that GOD will bless you in your walk, especially in the area of finances. I pray that you will be a generous and good steward.

CONCLUSION

May God empower us as followers of Jesus to keep our focus on the ultimate task and purpose of the church: To make all people disciples of Jesus. It is my prayer that whilst we are fulfilling our calling with integrity and excellence, we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the initiator and perfector of our faith.

Blessings
Henri Weideman

Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2022

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INHOUD:
– GROETE
– STRATEGIESE MISSIONALE VOORNEME
– MISSIONALITEIT & GOEIE BESTUUR
– FINANSIËLE RENTMEESTERSKAP
– SLOT

Liewe AGS Familie,

Dit is ‘n voorreg om hierdie eerste Pastorale Nuusbrief in my hoedanigheid as President van die AGS van Suid-Afrika te skryf. Dankie vir jou welwillendheid en deurlopende gebede vir die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB). Ons sal hard werk om ‘n positiewe bydrae te maak tot die verwesenliking van die bestaansdoel van die AGS kerk as deel van die Koninkryk van God. In hierdie uitgawe word aandag gegee aan die strategiese missionale doelstellings van die NOB vir die volgende drie jaar, soos voorgehou aan en goedgekeur deur die Maart 2022 NLF. Die brief bevat ook artikels oor bestuur en missionaliteit, sowel as finansiële rentmeesterskap.

Neem asseblief kennis van die volgende t.o.v. die bygewerkte Covid-19-regulasies soos gepubliseer in die Staatskoerant van 23 Maart 2022, en aan alle NLF-lede gestuur:

  • Die AGS sal nie ons gemeentes of lidmate dwing om ingeënt te word en bewys daarvan te lewer om by 50% besetting van geboukapasiteit uit te kom nie. In hierdie verband handhaaf ons die beginsel van vryheid van keuse, soos voorheen deur ons in vergaderings met die SA Regering gekommunikeer is.
  • Die praktiese implikasie hiervan is dat byeenkomste “beperk is tot 1000 persone of minder vir binnenshuise lokale en 2000 persone of minder vir buitelokale en as die lokaal te klein is om die voorgeskrewe aantal persone wat ‘n afstand van minstens een meter van mekaar waarneem, te hou, mag nie meer as 50 persent van die kapasiteit van die lokaal gebruik word nie,  onderworpe aan streng nakoming van alle gesondheidsprotokolle en sosiale distansiëringsmaatreëls.
  • Bywoning van ‘n begrafnis en verassing is beperk tot 200 persone of minder en indien die lokaal te klein is om die voorgeskrewe aantal persone wat ‘n afstand van minstens een meter van mekaar nakom, te hou, mag nie meer as 50 persent van die kapasiteit van die lokaal gebruik word nie, onderhewig aan streng nakoming van alle gesondheidsprotokolle.”

Dit sluit in die handhawing van ‘n afstand van een meter tussen mense, die dra van maskers binne en die gereelde ontsmetting van hande.

STRATEGIESE MISSIONALE VOORNEME

Dr H.J. Weideman (President van die AGS van SA)

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) het drie dae in Januarie en Februarie 2022 opsy gesit om doelbewus te besin en te bid oor ons Strategiese Missionale Voorneme vir die volgende drie jaar. Ons het ook besin oor die konteks waarin ons onsself as ‘n kerk bevind, veral ten opsigte van die wêreld, ons eie land en die kerk in die algemeen. In hierdie verband vorm die volgende ‘n integrale deel van ons huidige werklikheid:

Die Konteks Van Suid Afrika

  • Die verwoesting wat deur die Covid-19-pandemie veroorsaak is. Hierby kan ons die oorlog in die Oekraïne, die politieke spanning tussen die Weste en Rusland, sowel as die gepaardgaande verwoesting en onsekerheid byvoeg.
  • Die diep armoede, werkloosheid, ongelykheid en lae ekonomiese groei in ons land.
  • Onbetroubare elektrisiteitsvoorsiening.
  • Ondoeltreffende hawens en spoorweë, insluitend die passasierstrein netwerk.
  • Die gevolge van staatskaping en korrupsie.
  • Die stadige skuif van analoog na digitale telekommunikasie en breëband infrastruktuur.
  • Onvoldoende belegging in waterhulpbron onderhoud en die verbetering van watersekuriteit.
  • Die gevolge van klimaatsverandering.
  • Die vermoë van ons gewapende magte.
  • Wydverspreide misdaad.

Die staatspresident, Mnr Cyril Ramaphosa, het in sy staatsrede genoem dat ons ‘n “…nuwe konsensus benodig wat gedeelde verantwoordelikheid teenoor mekaar omhels en waarin ons erken dat ons almal saam hier in is.” Hy het ook gesê dat: “Om effektief te wees in hierdie sosiale ooreenkomste, moet ons elke Suid-Afrikaner en elke deel van die samelewing insluit.” Ons moet vra of ons werklik onsself beskou as deel van die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing, en indien wel, wat ons as die AGS-kerk in ons onderskeie dorpe en stede doen om by te dra tot die oplossings.

Die Toestand van die Kerk

Tydens ons strategiese sessie het die NOB die huidige situasie en konteks waarin die kerk(e) in Suid-Afrika haarself bevind, oordink. Ons het opgemerk dat die kerk in die algemeen:

  • Afwesig is in die morele en profetiese ruimte en stem wat dit gehad het.
  • In baie opsigte gekompromitteer is t.o.v. die vermoë om die waarheid voor te hou aan die regering van die dag.
  • Daar te veel leiers is wat morele mislukking ervaar.
  • Worstel met die gevolge van postmoderne tye en die pandemie.
  • Nie voldoende gebruik maak van die geleenthede wat die huidige seisoen van onsekerheid en ‘n soeke na doel en hoop, bied nie.

Die uitdaging vir ons as die AGS van SA is om in die gaping in te tree en geestelike leierskap op nasionale, streeks- en plaaslike vlak te voorsien.

Strategiese Missionale Voorneme

Die NOB het beraadslaag en gebid oor kritieke fokus areas om die kerk suksesvol vorentoe te neem oor die volgende paar jaar. Die volgende Strategiese Missionale Voorneme, insluitende fokus areas, doelwitte en aksiestappe, sowel as die NOB-lid vir wie dit ‘n are van verantwoordelikheid sal wees, is voorgehou aan en goedgekeur deur die Maart 2022 Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF). (Vir die doeleindes van hierdie artikel is die tydlyne soos aan die NLF voorgelê, nie ingesluit nie.)

Regspleging (Pastoor B. Petersen)
Die fokus sal wees op die verkleining van risiko’s en die ontwikkeling van ‘n konsep dokument in die hersiening van die struktuur, beleid, funksionaliteit en opleiding t.o.v. die AGS se interne regspleging (Administration of Justice).

Kerkplanting en -groei (Pastoor B. Petersen)
Die planting en registrasie van 300 gemeentes oor die volgende drie jaar word in die vooruitsig gestel. Om dit te bereik,  sal die konsep “kerk” ge(her)definiëer word, rolspelers betrek word, ‘n konsepdokument ontwikkel en tydlyne vasgestel word. ‘n Konsep-kerkplantingstrategie sal aan die NLF voorgelê word, gevolg deur implementering en monitering.

Kommunikasie (Pastoor M.S. Khumalo)
Hierdie fokusarea gaan oor die ontwikkeling van ‘n omvattende interne en eksterne kommunikasieplan.  ‘n Konsepdokument sal ontwikkel word, gevolg deur interaksie met rolspelers en die voorlegging van ‘n konsepstrategie.

Voldoening aan relevante regulasies deur Gemeentes, Streke en Departemente
(Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
Alle areas van voldoening sal gedefinieer en geassesseer word, insluitend statutêre nakoming en PBO – en NPO-status, waarna ‘n aksieplan ontwikkel sal word.

Verdieping en sigbare uitdrukking van Eenheid (Dr H.J. Weideman)
Die begrip, verwagtinge, vrese, suksesstories en moontlikhede van eenheid sal gedefinieer en geassesseer word deur interaksie met rolspelers. Dit sal gevolg word deur die ontwikkeling van ‘n strategie om eenheid na die volgende vlak te neem.

Departementele hervisionering en belyning (Pastoor B. Petersen)
‘n Konsepdokument sal ontwikkel word, rolspelers betrek word en ‘n konsepstrategie wat daarop gemik is om die effektiwiteit van ons departemente te versterk, aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Ekumeniese Betrokkenheid, Posisionering en Profetiese Stem
(Dr H.J. Weideman & Pastoor B. Petersen)
In hierdie verband sal die strategiese bedoeling van ons ekumeniese betrokkenheid, posisionering en profetiese stem gedefinieer word, en ‘n aksieplan sal daargestel word.

Onderwys en Opleiding (Dr H.J. Weideman)
‘n Ten volle funksionele AGS opleidingsinstelling word in die vooruitsig gestel. Aksies sal interaksie met rolspelers insluit en die strategiese bedoeling van opleiding in die AGS definieer. ‘n Konsepdokument, insluitend ‘n voorgestelde aksieplan en finansiële model sal voorgelê word aan die AGS se Opleidingsdepartement en die NLF.

Leierskap Ontwikkelingsprogram Geïmplementeer (Dr H.J. Weideman)
Die identifisering en intensionele ontwikkeling van +/- 80 potensiële leiers word in die vooruitsig gestel. Om dit te bereik,  sal met rolspelers gesprek gevoer word,  ‘n konsepdokument ontwikkel word, en ‘n konsep leierskap ontwikkelingsprogram aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Minimum Loon Implementering (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
NLF-besluite, feitlike realiteite en moontlikhede in hierdie verband sal bevestig en gemoniteer word, waarna ‘n voorstel ontwikkel sal word.

Welsynsdepartement Hersiening en Volhoubaarheid (Dr H.J. Weideman)
Die bedoeling en volhoubaarheid van die Welsyn sal ondersoek word, en rolspelers betrek word om ‘n konsep-strategieseplan te ontwikkel en aan die NLF voor te lê. Dit sal ‘n sakeplan en voorgestelde operasionele struktuur insluit.

Jeugretensie- en Kampusbedieningstrategie (Pastoor B. Petersen)
‘n Konsepdokument sal ontwikkel word, rolspelers betrek word en ‘n konsep- strategie t.o.v. hierdie baie belangrike fokusarea, aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Argiewe en Erfenis (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
‘n Konsepdokument oor die verbetering en inklusiwiteit van die argiewe en die bewaring van ons erfenis sal ontwikkel word. Rolspelers sal betrek word en ‘n konsep-strategie aan die NLF voorgehou word.

Kapelane (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
Die strategiese voorneme, funksionering en moontlikhede van die Kapelaanskapskomitee sal geassesseer word.  Na interaksie met rolspelers, sal ‘n konsepdokument aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Litigasie (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
Die status van huidige siviele sake sal nagegaan word, en die nodige stappe geneem word. Rolspelers sal betrek word om te help om ‘n strategie oor die pad vorentoe te ontwikkel.

Pastorale Welstand (Pastoor M.S. Khumalo)
Bestaande dokumente oor Pastorale welstand sal geassesseer word en rolspelers betrek word, met die oog op die voorlegging van ‘n konsep-strategie aan die NLF oor die pad vorentoe.

“Ons het die gebede, ondersteuning en betrokkenheid van alle AGS-lede nodig, insluitend individue wat vaardig is in die bogenoemde areas.”

Die President, Vise-president en Hooftesourier sal elk vyf fokusareas hê, bo en behalwe hul normale verantwoordelikhede.  Die Hoofsekretaris wat baie administratiewe verantwoordelikhede het, sal in hierdie stadium twee bykomende fokusareas hê. Alhoewel die NOB-lede verantwoordelikheid sal neem soos aangedui, kan ons dit nie alleen doen nie. Ons het die gebede, ondersteuning en betrokkenheid van alle AGS-lede nodig, insluitend individue wat vaardig is in die bogenoemde areas.

 

MISSIONALITEIT & GOEIE BESTUUR

Dr H.J. Weideman (President van die AGS van SA)

Die Verband tussen Goeie Bestuur en Missionaliteit

In Matteus 5:16 (Afr83) sê Jesus: “Laat julle lig so voor die mense skyn, dat hulle julle goeie werke kan sien en julle Vader wat in die hemel is, verheerlik.” 1 Pet. 2:12 (NLV) beaam hierdie idee, wanneer Petrus sê: “Handhaaf ’n voorbeeldige leefstyl onder die nie-Christene, selfs al kla hulle julle aan van wangedrag. Hulle sal dan julle goeie gedrag sien en God die eer daarvoor gee wanneer Hy kom rekenskap vra.”
Volgens hierdie twee Skrifgedeeltes is daar ‘n definitiewe verband tussen ons gedrag as volgelinge van Jesus en ons getuienis in die wêreld. Wanneer mense, selfs ongelowiges sien hoe ons onsself gedra, sal hulle dit as goed en eerbaar herken en God in die proses eer. Die “goeie werke” en “goeie gedrag” waarvan Jesus en Petrus in bogenoemde Skrifgedeeltes praat, sluit ons lewenstyl en woordeskat in, maar is beslis nie daartoe beperk nie. Die manier waarop ons ons besighede bedryf en ons werk doen, hetsy as werkgewers of werknemers, praat hard oor wie ons is en wat ons glo.

In 1 Korintiërs 4:1-2 (Afr83) sê Paulus: “So moet julle ons dan sien: Ons is dienaars van Christus en bestuurders (stewards) aan wie die geheimenisse van God toevertrou is. Van ‘n bestuurder word veral vereis dat hy (/sy) betroubaar moet wees.” Wanneer mense sien hoe ons onsself gedra, hoe ons praat, hoe ons onsself en die sake waarvoor ons verantwoordelikheid gegee is bestuur, moet hulle aan ons dink as goeie rentmeesters. Dit op sigself is praktiese missionalitiet: Ons rentmeesterskap van die eiendom, mense, finansies, vaardighede en area/s van verantwoordelikheid wat aan ons toevertrou is, is ‘n getuienis van ons oortuigings en identiteit as volgelinge van Jesus. Of daardie getuienis positief of negatief is, hang af van hoe goed ons rentmeesterskap is.

“Hoe ons onsself en ons gemeentes bestuur, verheerlik God en trek mense na Hom toe, of laat hulle telleurgesteld wegdraai.”

In die sakewêreld word die doeltreffendheid van ‘n bestuurstelsel dikwels gemeet aan die bereiking van die organisasie se missie en doelstellings. Dit geld ook vir ons as die kerk: Die kern van ons missie en bestaansdoel is om mense dissipels van Jesus te maak (Matt.28:19). Dit gebeur nie net van die kansel af of in een-tot-een gesprekke nie, maar ook deur middel van hoe ons onsself in ontspanning en in besigheid handhaaf en bestuur. Kerkbestuur op plaaslike, streeks- en nasionale vlak moet begelei word deur ‘n missionale begrip van kerkwees. Hoe ons onsself en ons gemeentes bestuur, verheerlik God en trek mense na Hom toe, of laat hulle telleurgesteld wegdraai. Mag ons geag word as getroue rentmeesters, van alles wat aan ons sorg toevertrou is.

FINANSIËLE RENTMEESTERSKAP

Past. R.J. Coertzen (Hooftesourier van die AGS van SA)

Finansiële rentmeesterskap is deel van die Goeie Bestuur-drywer in ons AGS missionale strategie. Kom ek begin met ‘n paar vrae: Wat is die kultuur in jou gemeente? Wat bevorder jy en doen jy doelgerig? Wat verdra jy? Wat stop jy onmiddellik as dit in jou gemeente verskyn? Wat leef in jou hart vir jou gemeente?

Ek dink ‘n baie belangrike gebied waar ons rentmeesterskap moet toepas is op die gebied van vrygewigheid. Jy mag dalk reageer deur te vra: Waarvan praat jy? Ek kan skaars klaarkom met wat ek het en nou wil jy hê ek moet vrygewig wees? Ja, dit is wat ek voorstel want dit is wat die Woord van GOD vir ons sê om te doen – en as jy SY leiding volg, sal jy die vrugte van SY woord pluk. As ek en jy ‘n vrygewige lewe kan lei, en ons mense kan leer om ‘n vrygewige lewe te lei, sal jy groot dinge sien gebeur.

As ek en jy ‘n vrygewige lewe kan lei, en ons mense kan leer om ‘n vrygewige lewe te lei, sal jy groot dinge sien gebeur.”

GOD se seën staan ​​op twee bene: vrygewigheid en rentmeesterskap. Die een kan nie sonder die ander nie. Jy kan ‘n vrygewige persoon wees, maar as jy nie ‘n goeie rentmeester is nie gaan jou hulpbronne uitgeput word. As jy ‘n goeie rentmeester is, maar nie vrygewig nie – bedoelende jy gee nie weg nie, kan GOD jou ook nie seën nie. As jy albei kan wees, ‘n goeie rentmeester en vrygewig kan lewe, sal GOD jou seën in veral jou finansiële wêreld. Want dit is GOD se beginsels.

Wat is die Stappe?

Leef dit.
As jy wil hê jou mense moet goeie rentmeesters wees, sal ek en jy dit moet uitleef. As jy wil hê jou mense moet vrygewig lewe sal hulle dit in jou lewe moet sien. Ek kan die gemeente net leer wat ek self doen en dìt vir hulle uitleef.

Preek dit.
Die tweede ding wat ons moet doen is om daaroor te preek. Baie pastore sal nou sê: “Ja my broer, ek preek gereeld daaroor” – maar my vraag vandag is: Wat is jou motief? Hoekom preek jy daaroor? Is dit net om meer geld vir die kerk te kry? En dit is die rede waarom baie pastore ondoeltreffend is wanneer hulle daaroor preek. GOD stel belang in ons harte, nie die uiterlike dinge nie. Matt 6:21 (AFR83) “Waar jou skat is, daar sal jou hart ook wees.” Die beste manier om selfsug in jou gemeente se harte dood te maak, is om hulle te leer dat ons net rentmeesters is, nie eienaars nie.

“…bedoel ek dat jy waarhede met jou gemeente moet deel deur persoonlike stories te gebruik van wat GOD in jou lewe gedoen het.”

Modelleer dit.
Om ‘n kultuur van rentmeesterskap in jou gemeente te skep moet jy dit modelleer. Dit moet by die Pastoor, die personeel en die Beheerliggaam begin voordat dit deur die gewone lidmate omhels sal word. Om rentmeesterskap te modelleer is anders as om dit uit te leef. Jy moet dit uitleef om dit te modelleer, maar deur dit te modelleer bedoel ek dat jy waarhede met jou gemeente moet deel deur persoonlike stories te gebruik van wat GOD in jou lewe gedoen het.

Ek bid dat GOD jou sal seën op jou pad – veral op die gebied van finansies. Ek bid dat jy ‘n vrygewige en goeie rentmeester sal wees.

SLOT

Mag God ons as volgelinge van Jesus bemagtig om ons fokus op die hooftaak en -doel van die kerk te hou: Om alle mense dissipels van Jesus te maak. Dit is my gebed dat terwyl ons ons roeping met integriteit en uitnemendheid vervul, ons ons oë gevestig sal hou op Jesus, die begin en voleindiging van ons geloof.

Seëninge
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 11 March 2022

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AFM NEWSFLASH: Friday, 11 March 2022

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/  

2. National Children’s Ministry: 2022 GBM Notice, Registration & Supporting Annexures (Urgent!)
https://afm-ags.org/national-childrens-ministry-resources/

3. 2022 NOB Empowerment: Programme
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

4. Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2022 (Coming Soon! March 25)
NOB Missional Strategic Intent for the next 3 years; Governance & Missionality & Financial Stewardship.

Dear Colleague,

1. PRAYER REQUEST: TO END THE WAR SITUATION & CONTINUING TENSION IN UKRAINE & RUSSIA

I urge all our Pastors and Assemblies to continue to pray for an amicable solution to the war and tension in Eastern Europe and especially between Ukraine and Russia.

Although there are aggressors and political motives to be found on all sides of this turmoil, the victims are the ordinary citizens, mothers and children who must flee their houses and are without food, water and shelter. It is not acceptable that hospitals, emergency rooms and even maternity homes are being bombarded and destroyed.

When we see and hear of all these things happening in the world, we are again reminded that there is an eschatological timeline unfolding in history and that the Biblical promise and expectation of the return of Jesus still stands. Let us continue to do the work of sharing the Gospel while it is still day. (John 9:4)

On 25 February 2022 Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of AFM International), on behalf of the AFM International President’s Summit, released a statement requesting urgent prayer for the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Watch the video message here. To read the full written statement visit the AFM of SA Facebook page: https://fb.watch/bFuW2OyAjp/

2. 2022 NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS

The National Office Bearers (NOB) are looking forward to once again be able to meet in-person with our Pastors, Governing Body Members, Departments, Assembly Representatives and Youth, during the Regional NOB Empowerment for 2022. This year we will be sharing on the theme of Stewardship to which we are all called as believers and servants of God. Stewardship is also an important part of our Missional Strategy under the focus area of Governance.

 

God willing, we will be at the following venues on the following dates:

08-09 April: Gauteng (AGS Herlewingsentrum, Pretoria) & North-West (AFM Oase, Klerksdorp).
20-21 May: Northern Cape (AFM Rehobot, Upington) & Eastern Cape (Gees en Lewe, East London).

Highlights of the Mpumalanga & Limpopo NOB Empowerment Workshops:

 

3. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

AFM of SA National Men’s Fellowship Conference:

AFM National Youth Conference:
Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 11 Maart 2022

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AGS NUUSFLITS: Vrydag, 11 Maart 2022

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. Nasionale Kinderbediening: 2022 GBM Kennisgewing, Registrasie & Ondersteunende Bylaes (Dringend!)
https://afm-ags.org/national-childrens-ministry-resources/

3. 2022 NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke: Program
https://afm-ags.org/2022-nob-empowerment-visits/

4. Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2022 (Binnekort Hier! 25 Maart)
NOB Strategiese Missionale Doelstellings vir die volgende 3 jaar; Goeie Bestuur & Missionaliteit; Rentmeesterskap

AGS Kollega,

1. GEBED: VIR ‘N EINDE AAN DIE OORLOGSITUASIE EN VOORTGESETTE SPANNING IN DIE OEKRAÏNE EN RUSLAND

Ek doen ‘n beroep op al ons Pastore en Gemeentes om voort te gaan om te bid vir ‘n vredevolle oplossing vir die oorlog en spanning in Oos-Europa en veral tussen die Oekraïne en Rusland.

Alhoewel daar aggressors en politieke motiewe aan alle kante van hierdie opbouende spanning en geweld gevind kan word, is die slagoffers die gewone burgers, moeders en kinders wat uit hul huise moet vlug en sonder kos, water en skuiling is. Dit is nie aanvaarbaar dat hospitale, noodteaters en selfs kraamsale gebombardeer en vernietig word nie.

Wanneer ons sien en hoor van al hierdie dinge wat in die wêreld gebeur, word ons weer daaraan herinner dat daar ‘n eskatologiese tydlyn in die geskiedenis ontvou en dat die Bybelse belofte en verwagting van die wederkoms van Jesus steeds staan. Laat ons voortgaan om die werk van die verspreiding van die Evangelie te doen, terwyl dit nog dag is. (Johannes 9:4).

Op 25 Februarie 2022 het Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van AGS Internasionaal), namens die AGS Internasionale Presidentsberaad ‘n verklaring vrygestel waarin hy dringende gebed versoek vir die situasie tussen Rusland en die Oekraïne. Kyk die videoboodskap hieronder. Om die geskrewe verklaring te lees, besoek die AGS van SA se Facebook-blad: https://fb.watch/bFuW2OyAjp/

2. 2022 NOB BEMAGTIGINGS BESOEKE

Ons sien daarna uit om weer persoonlik met ons Pastore, Kerkrade, Departemente, die Jeug en verteenwoordigers van Gemeentes te kan ontmoet tydens die NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke aan ons streke. Hierdie jaar gesels ons oor die tema van Rentmeesterskap, wat deel van ons almal as gelowiges en dienaars van God se roeping, uitmaak. Rentmeesterskap is ook ‘n belangrike deel van ons Missionale Strategie onder die fokus area van Goeie Bestuur (Governance).

    

As die Here wil, sal ons by die volgende plekke op die volgende oorblywende datums wees:

08-09 April: Gauteng (AGS Herlewingsentrum, Pretoria) & Noordwes (AGS Oase, Klerksdorp).
20-21 Mei: Noord-Kaap (AGS Rehobot, Upington) & Oos-Kaap (Gees en Lewe, Oos-Londen).

Hoogtepunte van die Mpumalanga en Limpopo NOB Bemagtigings Besoeke:

3. OPKOMENDE AGS VAN SA KONFERENSIES

AFM of SA National Men’s Fellowship Conference:

          

AFM of SA National Youth Conference:

 
Vriendelike Groete
Henri Weideman